12/1/13: Criminal Mind
My husband and I watch the TV show Criminal Minds. In it, the investigative team searches for clues that enable them to get into the heads of the criminals to discover how they think in order to use their own tendencies to catch them, stop them, and solve the case. The show portrays the criminals as intelligent and methodical, their minds clever although obviously twisted, and bent on their victims’ destruction. Satan has such a criminal mind and has used it to successfully destroy his victims since the world began. However we, like the investigative team on the TV show, can discover how he thinks in order to use his own tendency to stop him.
Our never-tiring enemy, the devil, has used the same M.O. throughout the centuries. We need to look at what that is and expect it, so we won’t be destroyed by it. Let’s examine the evidence.
- The devil’s original sin is chronicled for us in Isaiah 14:12-14: How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! …For you have said in your heart: “I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation… I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High” (NKJ).
- The devil’s original temptation is given in Genesis 3:4-5: Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (NKJ).
Do you see the incriminating statement? Can you find the key piece of evidence to put the criminal away? Satan got himself thrown out of Heaven because his ambition stated “I will be like the Most High.” He sought to get Eve to do the same thing when he told her, “You will be like God.”
We can stop the devil in his tracks once we realize he’s trying to get us to “be like God.” The one thing Satan knows will separate us from God is the ambition to be like God. The idea here is that Satan wants us to become our own great judge and devise our own ways of operating and handling things instead of deferring to God as our great judge and living as He desires for us to live. To be “like God” means we allow what we think to take the place of what God thinks. We actually break the first Commandment because we exalt ourselves as God, thus putting ourselves before Him.
How often do we make our own decisions, break forth with our own reactions, or give people a piece of our own minds without first finding out if that’s what God wants us to do or say? When do we express our opinion, mete out our brand of discipline, or make a snap judgment before asking God how we should think and operate? In all these ways, we succumb to our enemy’s weapon – we’re stabbed once again with the be-like-God knife. “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” 1 Peter 5:8 (NIV). Let’s disarm the adversary and stop exalting ourselves over the dictates of God.
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